The official press conference was held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 in Jeunesse Arena at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The principal event of the card was formally announced to be UFC women’s strawweight winner. Jessica Andrade, using a set of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jose Aldo in featherweight. (As an aside, Aldo stated he could be forced to pull out with trauma, and Renato Moicano has been rumored as a replacement.) A couple new supporting fights were added to the card, and my first thoughts on them are below.
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Francisco Trinaldo, UFC 237
An intriguing lightweight connection between Carlos Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo has been reserved for UFC 237. MMAFighting.com broke the news. Ferreira (15-2) is 6-2 overall at the UFC and is riding an impressive four-fight win series at the moment. That includes a decision win over Rustam Khabilov in his final fight that pushed him nearer to the top-15 in 155lbs. Trinaldo (23-6) is 13-5 overall from the UFC and is coming off of a vicious TKO victory over Evan Dunham that hauled him to retirement. Although Trinaldo is 40, he’s proven time and time again he is among the best lightweights in the world, and he is the ideal opponent to test where Ferreira is at right now. That being said, I think you have to favor Ferreira here provided his recent win streak, and the opening line for this particular bout will be interesting to see.
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos, UFC 237
Bantamweights Said Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos will fulfill at UFC 237. Gracie Mag broke the news. Nurmagomedov (13-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight win streak overall including a knockout win over Ricardo Ramos in his last bout. Barcelos (13-1) is really on a six-fight win series and is 2-0 at the UFC as well with a submission win over Chris Gutierrez in his final struggle, which appears even better following his recent victory on Ryan MacDonald. Both these guys are promising young fighters and this is a great battle. I’d expect something close to a Select ’em line here, with perhaps a small lean to Barcelos because of battling in Brazil.
Warlley Alves vs. Sergio Moraes, UFC 237 An intriguing welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sergio Moraes is also place for UFC 237. Alberto Mina was initially rumored as Alves’ opponent, but Moraes finally ended up getting the battle. Alves (12-3) is 6-2 at the UFC and is coming from a surprising TKO loss to James Krause. He just has not lived up to the hype following his win on TUF Brazil 3 and is likely in a must-win situation . Moraes (14-4-1) is 8-3-1 complete in the UFC and recently had a two-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Anthony Rocco Martin. Both Alves and Moraes are strong fighters with holes in their game, but given the youth benefit for Alves I would expect him to be a tiny favorite here.
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Thiago Moises, UFC 237
And finally, featherweights Kurt Holobaugh and Thiago Moises will meet at this event. Holobaugh (17-6, 1 NC) has an overall record of 0-3 in the UFC, and is coming from consecutive stoppage losses to Shane Burgos and Raoni Barcelos. Moises (11-3) was dominated at the grappling section by Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut, which snapped a two-fight win series. These two guys are gifted yet flawed fighters, and bettors can expect a Pick’em type of line with this bout, with maybe a small edge to Moises.
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